|Page Contents Current As of Patch:||GU14|
|Speciality:||Shield, Rocket Launchers, Specialized Weaponry|
|Weapons:||Light Machine Guns, Rocket Launchers, Specialized Weaponry, Shotguns, Submachine Guns|
|Special Abilities:||Shields, Anti-Vehicle Grenade, Concussion Grenade, C4|
Class Overview Edit
The development of the Heavy Assault soldier was a relatively recent innovation on Auraxis. Designed to combat the surge of instant nanite-assembled vehicles, their presence on the battlefield poses a serious threat to tanks and infantry alike. Their custom Reinforced Exosuit armor configuration is responsible for their ability to take hits that would kill other soldiers, while their heavy weaponry allows them to punch holes in enemy tanks or lay down sustained fire. Equipped with some of the strongest armor and weapons available to infantry, a seasoned Heavy Assault will leave a path of corpses and burning wreckage in their wake.
Their armor and shields can take more punishment than most other soldiers can, allowing them to dominate in direct close-quarters conflict where their heavy weapons are most effective. In addition to the survivability provided by the Reinforced Exosuit's defenses, Heavy Assault soldiers also have access to prototype Nanite Mesh Generators that temporarily reduce the velocity of incoming projectiles, decreasing their kinetic impact on the user. Though the experimental technology currently requires the user to remain momentarily stationary while the mesh is being formed, NMGs have shown themselves to be an integral component to the Heavy Assault's continued presence on the field.
Though their ability to endure heavy fire is no doubt legendary, they're more widely known for the devastating weaponry that they wield. The high capacity LMGs the Heavy Assault carries are capable of both short, accurate bursts and suppressing fire, allowing them to adapt to a variety of situations while only adjusting their trigger discipline. For close-quarters combat that requires sustained fire, their versatile LMGs can be swapped for the raw destructive power of their empire's hip-slung Heavy Assault weapon. Finally, their rocket launcher can destroy enemy vehicles with a variety of targeting types, continuing to be the preferred method of directly dealing with enemy armor while on foot.
Only with the introduction of Rebirthing and recent improvements in shield technology has their mantra of "endure and eradicate" become viable. While the Heavy Assault's brute-force strategy may not be the most elegant solution, it's proven itself as an effective one.
|Heavy Assault Certifications|
|Category||Certification Name||Levels and Cost|
|Ability Slot||Nanite Mesh Generator||
|Suit Slot||Advanced Shield Capacitor||
|Grenade Slot||Anti-Vehicle Grenade||
|Utility Slot||C-4 (Explosives)||
Where to spend your first 192 certs
131 - Rank 3 in the Nanite Mesh Generator under Ability slot
61 - Rank 3 in the Nanoweave Armour under Suit slot
What does spending your points this way provide?
- Increases NMG regeneration time
- Increases your health by 15%
Class Weapons Edit
The following weapon types are available to the Heavy Assault class:
- Battle Rifles
- Light Machine Guns
- Specialized Heavy Assault Weaponry
- Rocket Launchers
- Submachine Guns
Class Loadouts Edit
Many of the Heavy Assault builds are going to revolve around certain situations. When you unlock the ability to save more than one loadout, setting these loadouts up for these situations will help quicken response times.
Class Strategy Edit
The Heavy Assault's purpose is to be one of the most efficient means of killing infantry while also serving as a mobile anti-vehicle platform. The rocket launcher can kill any infantry unit excluding the MAX with a direct hit.
Instead of assault rifles, this class uses their empire specific weaponry and light machine guns. TR - Mini Chain Gun / NC - JackHammer / VS - Lasher. Along with a deadly rocket launcher, and also a super-effective Shield Booster.
Heavy Assaults are a terrifying presence in the front lines, and can completely eliminate a group of unaware or inattentive enemies.
Try to attack vehicles from behind where their armor is the weakest. If you can see that they are using reinforced front armor, try for the sides. The front of any vehicle is the strongest.
Lightning Tanks and MBTs (Prowler, Vanguard, Magrider) take 2 C4 to destroy when at full health, or 1 C4 and a rocket. Sunderers take 3 C4 (which the Heavy Assault can not carry), or 2 C4 and one rocket.
Avoid confronting MAX units in a head on fight, unless you bring friends or the MAX is carrying two bursters as weapons. Especially avoid them if you are out of rockets. MAX units are best attacked from cover or behind the MAX.
This class lacks much in the way of team support, but makes up for it with the weaponry to kill everything. Your equipment includes empire specific heavy machine gun or light machine gun, a rocket launcher, and an over-shield.
Concussion grenades are one of the most important things in a Heavy Assault's arsenal. Concussions stun enemies for a few seconds, greatly lowering their mouse sensitivity and making their screen blurry, and are essential in the destruction of MAXes. Be warned, you can also concuss your team mates!
A serious disadvantage of the Heavy Assault class is its reload time. Try to ensure your weapons are filled to the top before entering combat. It may take up to roughly eight seconds to reload. You have the largest magazine of any class, but always watch your ammo. If you find yourself about to run out of your primary ammo be prepared to make a quick swap to your pistol if in close combat, or rocket launcher to bring down a MAX. Always find a safe place before reloading and try to find an engineer if you need ammunition.
Close Quarters CombatEdit
Heavy Assault are great in tight spots due to their shield giving extra survivability combined with the firepower. A shotgun or SMG makes the heavy deadly in close quarters. Dueling is best done with hip fire while strafing left to right. Once your enemy's shields are damaged or down, aim down the sights and finish them off. The laser sight weapon certification should be essential for this combat style. Another thing to remember is, if you are in close combat, do not burst fire, give them full auto. If it isn't another heavy assault you're facing, they will likely run out of ammo before you do. If you are engaged in medium to long range, use burst fire as Heavy Assault weapons have a large cone of fire and recoil. It takes a lot of ammo to kill one person, roughly twenty to thirty bullets, including misses. Most people forget to use their special ability (activate using the F key by default). Always use your shields. But you may ask, "When is the best time to use it? Should you use it before you run in? Or perhaps during the fight?" Try to turn them on just before your default shields are depleted. This way you have a chance of surviving longer and allow you to get to safety, or take down other infantry.
Rockets in close quarters is purely for MAXes and ground vehicles that are close enough to be right outside the structure in point blank ranges. Thus it is recommended to equip the Decimator rocket launcher equipped with the shape charge for maximum damage.
Long Range/Air SupportEdit
Heavy Assault are clearly the work horse of the classes. It is purely designed for killing which is why it has many versatile ways to do so. Thus a long range light machine gun like the TMG-50 can be very effective at range. This strategy is best employed at range defending or assaulting a base. Thus a high powered scope is also a must. Short burst fire targeting head shots will begin racking up kills and suppress any enemy advancement on your position. Equipping a rocket launcher capable of locking on to Air will keep the sky's clear on your position.
Medium Range and Point Offense/DefenseEdit
The Heavy Assault is capable of employing its shield generator ability and killing prowess during small outpost captures. This battle tactic requires the ability to be flexible in range and thus equip Light Machine Guns with mid range scopes, laser sights, and infantry grenades. An anti-ground lock-on rocket launcher is also a nice compliment for the small outpost capture or defense.
Weapon Ribbons and MedalsEdit
With any class, you have the ability to gain Ribbons which will further increase your experience and certifications after completing specific tasks. This list does not include possible vehicle, base capture, or kill/assist related ribbons while playing in a vehicle as that class.
|Light Machine Gun Ribbon||10 kills.|
|Rocket Launcher Ribbon||10 kills|
|Pistol Ribbon||10 kills|
|Knife Ribbon||10 kills.|
|Battle Rifle Ribbon||10 kills.|
|Shotgun Ribbon||10 kills.|
|Submachine Gun Ribbon||10 kills.|
See more available ribbons on the Service Ribbons page.
|No Medal||0 kills|
|Copper Medal||10 kills|
|Silver Medal||60 kills|
|Gold Medal||160 kills|
|Auraxium Medal||1160 kills|
Tutorials/Tips/Gameplay Videos Edit
Strategy and Tactics Edit
287 views Planetside 2 - Quick Tips 5 Heavy Assault(01:36)
Planetside 2 beta Infantry - Heavy Assault(06:02)
53 views Vanu Heavy Assault Weapons In-Combat Comparison - Planetside 2(15:42)
Planetside 2 Heavy assault basic tutorial(02:13)
59 views NC Heavy Assault Weapons In-Combat Comparison - Planetside 2(10:57)
TR Heavy Assault Weapons In-Combat Comparison - Planetside 2(11:12)
103 views Planetside 2 Advanced Heavy Assault Guide(09:45)